The Noor Islamic Cultural Center and its library serves the Muslim and non-Muslim community of greater Columbus by promoting goodwill, tolerance, unity and understanding.
On the day we toured, the center was bustling with activity from the sounds of melodic Friday prayers, the smell of delicious samosas and the chatting of congregants outside the mosque promoting events like the film premiere of The Sultan & The Saint.
The Noor Islamic Cultural Center is composed of a mosque, library, classrooms and meeting rooms. The library fills an important function to house sacred texts, provide a space for study and reflection and accommodate additional congregants during prayer.
Noor is welcoming to all and encourages learning more. Every Saturday at 11 a.m., the center hosts a gathering open to the public to meet Muslims and learn about Islam. The center also has a strong partnership with all faiths and was one of first to have suburban interfaith programming.
Over 6,000 across the country are reached by Noor, while 70% of the congregation live within walking distance. Its programming is considered among the best in the country, and community service plays a strong part in making a difference, building relationships and creating friendships. From ladies cooking classes, book clubs and National Muslim Soup Kitchen Day, to so much more, Noor is a devoted community partner. The center collaborates with hospitals, high schools, colleges, YMCA and other organizations to nurture community relations and understanding.
The Noor Islamic Cultural Center is an incredible space and a wonderful part of the Central Ohio community. We highly recommend visiting and learning more.